Mothers ,

After 21 years of marriage, My wife wanted me
to take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She
said, "I love you, but I know this other woman loves
you and would love to spend some time with you."

The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit
was my MOTHER, who has been a widow for 19 years, but
the demands of my work and my three children had made
it possible to visit her only occasionally.

That night I called to invite her to go out for
dinner and a movie.

"What's wrong, are you ok?" she asked.
My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a
late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign of
bad news.

"I thought that it would be pleasant to
spend some time with you," I responded, "Just the two
of us." She thought about it for a moment, and then
said, "I would like that very much."

That Friday after work, as I drove over to
pick her up I was a bit nervous. When I arrived at
her house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be
nervous about our date. She waited in the door with
her coat on. She had curled her hair and was wearing
the dress that she had worn to celebrate her last
wedding anniversary. She smiled from a face that was
as radiant as an angel's.

"I told my friends that I was going to go
out with my son, and they were impressed," she said,
as she got into the car. "They can't wait to hear
about our meeting."

We went to a restaurant that, although not
elegant, was very nice and cozy. My mother took my
arm as if she were the First Lady. After we sat down,
I had to read the menu. Her eyes could only read
large print.

Half way through the entries, I lifted my
eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring at me. A
nostalgic smile was on her lips. "It was I who used
to have to read the menu when you were small," she
said.

"Then it's time that you relax and let me
return the favor," I responded.

During the dinner, we had an agreeable
conversation. .nothing extra-ordinary but catching up
on recent events of each other's life. We talked so
much that we missed the movie. As we arrived at her
house later, she said, "I'll go out with you again,
but only if you let me invite you." I agreed.

"How was your dinner date?" asked my wife
when I got home.

"Very nice; much more so than I could have
imagined," I answered. A few days later, my mother
died of a massive heart attack. It happened so
suddenly that I didn't have a chance to do anything
for her.

Some time later, I received an envelope
with a copy of a restaurant receipt from the same
place mother and I had dined. An attached note said:
"I paid this bill in advance. I wasn't sure that I
could be there; but nevertheless, I paid for two
plates - one for you and the other for your wife. You
will never know what that night meant for me. I love
you, son."

At that moment, I understood the importance
of saying in time: "I LOVE YOU" and to give our loved
ones the time that they deserve.

Nothing in life is more important than your
family. Give them the time they deserve, because
these things cannot be put off till "some other time."

Somebody said it takes about six weeks to
get back to normal after you've had a baby....somebody
doesn't know that once you're a mother, "normal" is
history.

Somebody said you learn how to be a mother
by instinct.... somebody never took a three-year-old
shopping.

Somebody said being a mother is boring....
somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager
with a driver's permit.

Somebody said if you're a "good" mother,
your child will "turn out good"....somebody thinks a
child comes with directions and a guarantee.

Somebody said "good" mothers never raise
their voices....somebody never came out the back door
just in time to see her child hit a golf ball through
the neighbor's kitchen window.

Somebody said you don't need an education
to be a mother....somebody never helped a fourth
grader with his math.

Somebody said you can't love the fifth
child as much as you love the first....somebody
doesn't have five children.

Somebody said a mother can find all the
answers to her child-rearing questions in the
books....somebody never had a child stuff beans up his
nose or in his ears.

Somebody said the hardest part of being a
mother is labor and delivery.... somebody never watched
her "baby" get on the bus for the first day of
kindergarten. ..or on a plane headed for military "boot
camp"...or off to college.

Somebody said a mother can do her job with
her eyes closed and one hand tied behind her
back....somebody never organized seven giggling
Brownies to sell cookies.

Somebody said a mother can stop worrying
after her child gets married....somebody doesn't know
that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in- law to a
mother's heartstrings.

Somebody said a mother's job is done when
her last child leaves home....somebody never had
grandchildren.

Somebody said your mother knows you love
her, so you don't need to tell her....somebody isn't a
mother.